Washington Humane Society Waives Adoption Fees After Influx of Pets

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    The Washington Humane Society is bursting at the seams and hopes an offer of free cats and dogs will entice people to adopt a pet. It's waiving its adoption fees through Christmas, News4's Tom Sherwood reports. (Published Friday, Dec. 20, 2013)

    More than two dozen dogs are looking for good homes after being left at a D.C. shelter just before the holidays.

    The Washington Humane Society says its New York Avenue location has accepted 26 dogs in just 48 hours. To help cope with the influx of animals, the shelter is waiving all adoption fees through Christmas Eve.

    The shelter says it's not unusual for so many animals to be brought in this time of year. Owners are often looking for housing options before they go on vacation, or they simply can no longer afford to care for their pets.

    Adopters will still have to pay a $15 dog license fee, if they live in the District.

    The humane society's adoption centers, located at 1201 New York Ave. NE and 7319 Georgia Ave. NW, will be open from noon until 7 p.m. every day. They'll be open on Christmas Eve until 5 p.m.